Onondaga's Learning Communities

Do You Want to:

  • Make friends fast?
  • Jump right in to campus life?
  • Build supportive relationships?
  • Learn more, and have fun doing it?
  • Get better grades?

If so, then Onondaga's Learning Communities are for you!

In a Learning Community you get to know faculty and staff members from your common courses, and right away you're welcomed into a friendly community that learns and studies together, takes advantage of special opportunities together, and just plain has fun.

To learn more about Onondaga's Learning Communities, call Admissions at 315-498-2221 or e-mail learn@sunyocc.edu. To sign up for a LC, talk to your advisor or counselor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Learning Community?

An Onondaga Learning Community (LC) is a relatively small group of first year students who take some of the same classes together - at Onondaga, it's often two classes. The structure takes advantage of the fact that students are enrolled in some of the same classes by offering optional workshops and study groups to support students' learning. Faculty members also capitalize on the set-up by working together as a team to support students and make learning more relevant.

What are the benefits of Learning Communities?

LCs give first year students some right-away friends; together you can dive right in to campus life. Students who share a couple of classes can also share ideas. They can study together, check their own learning and perceptions (Hey, do we really have to read two chapters in Psych for Thursday?), and socialize with people with similiar interests and talents.  This informal "togetherness" makes for higher grades, lasting friendships, and a better college experience.

If I sign up for a Learning Community, how long does it last?

Officially, a LC lasts for a semester. After that the linked classes are over but the students often remain in contact with one another.

I've never heard of Learning Communities, are they new?

No, Learning Communities have been around since the mid 1980s. They began on the west coast, at Evergreen State College in Washington. Since then, they have spread across the nation and are found at all types of colleges and universities. Some of the local colleges with learning communities are SUNY Cortland, Oswego, ESF, and Syracuse University.